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Movies You've Seen Recently |OT| August 2017

Cipher Peon

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I watched Annabelle to prepare for Annabelle: Creation and I surprisingly really enjoyed it! I expected the worst because everyone hated it, but I actually preferred it over the slick but toothless Conjuring 2.

It does get really dumb and hokey, but it never pushed me away. Can't wait for Creation, I'm going on a double date to see it on Friday!
 

kevin1025

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I watched Annabelle to prepare for Annabelle: Creation and I surprisingly really enjoyed it! I expected the worst because everyone hated it, but I actually preferred it over the slick but toothless Conjuring 2.

It does get really dumb and hokey, but it never pushed me away. Can't wait for Creation, I'm going on a double date to see it on Friday!

Hope you like it, I had a really great time with it! I plan on watching Annabelle over the weekend, I missed it back when it first came out.
 

Icolin

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Goddamn this movie is so good brehs. There's some weird editing problems here and there, and on rewatches a few scenes are drawn out too long, but I was thoroughly entertained and was laughing my ass off pretty much the whole time. The ludes breakdown, the "Hilfe" joke, the parking lot scene, every scene with Rob Reiner... so damn funny.

The performances are all fantastic (Leo's best performance to date for sure), and Terence Winter's script is brilliant. Can't say enough good things about this film.

Top 10 Scorsese movie for sure (probably below Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, and Casino but above Gangs of New York, Silence, New York New York, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Departed).
 

Sean C

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Wolf of Wall Street is my favourite Scorsese film. A three-hour comedy should be unbearable, considering the genre frequently feels stretched when it runs over 90-100 minutes, but it's a blast all the way through.
 
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Wolf of Wall Street is my favourite Scorsese film. A three-hour comedy should be unbearable, considering the genre frequently feels stretched when it runs over 90-100 minutes, but it's a blast all the way through.

This was a fantastic film. And the fact it's based on a true story makes it even more amazing. The freakin' Lambo scene is a riot.

Plus Margot Robbie hnnnnnnggngngnngng.

Blazing Saddles just ain't as funny as its reputation suggests.

I thought it sucked. Watched it a couple of months ago.
 

HollowCentral

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Paths of Glory is perhaps the best war movie I've ever seen, and it probably has to do with the little amount of actual war in it. There's one big battle scene, and it's incredibly well done, but the thing I've always found more interesting is the way soldiers live and interact, and that's where this movie truly shines.

Boy, that Stanley Kubrick is a great director, isn't he? This is maybe one of the first films I've seen where it seems that every shot has a purpose, be it to establish mood, or character relationships, etc. And especially for it's time, it stands out as an example of film at it's finest. And it's all tied together by great performances all around with the (obvious) standout being Kirk Douglas. I mean, this movie has it all. Great cinematography, acting, directing, sound design... I honestly can't think of a single thing I didn't love, especially the fact that instead of a happy ending, it ended in a way that felt realistic and made sense.

Fantastic film. 9/10

BTW, I don't give 10/10 reviews because no film will ever have no flaws. But this is maybe the closest I've come to giving a movie one. This and Whiplash.
 

Nuke Soda

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Streets of Fire (1984)- For no good reason whatsoever I decided to watch Streets of Fire, a movie I have not seen in quite a while. The story follows Tom Cody (Michael Pare) who is called back to his home after his rock star ex girlfriend, Ellen Aim, is kidnapped by a biker gang. This movie is a pretty good time, I am not sure if you could call it good honestly, but I enjoyed it. There is a distinct lack of characters in this movie, everybody is a cardboard cut out from asshole lead Tom, to rock star Ellen (Diane Lane), to a drifter lady named McCoy (Amy Madigan) that Tom befriends. Nope it is pretty clear this is not about the characters pretty quickly, this is a movie all about setting, action, and style. The world this movie takes place in is a fusion of the 1950's, the music is rock and roll (This is a Rock N' Roll fable after all) cars are right out of the 50's, and the All-American Diner.

Even though I enjoyed this movie it has some serious issues. The story is really silly, but not in a good way. The world it is set in invents rules based on story needs, our hero murders the shit out of a lot of unarmed bikers at one point and gets away with it. Also Tom is an unlikable asshole, arrogant, smug, and just an all around turd. There are these stylish scene transitions that look like tire treads that get old really fast and they happen a lot and also there is one scene where we are transported into a music video with no warning and it is really abrupt, there are some weird editing decisions in this one.

It sounds all negative, I know, but I honestly had a good time with this one. It moves along at a nice pace and never outstays its welcome.
 
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Streets of Fire (1984)- For no good reason whatsoever I decided to watch Streets of Fire, a movie I have not seen in quite a while. The story follows Tom Cody (Michael Pare) who is called back to his home after his rock star ex girlfriend, Ellen Aim, is kidnapped by a biker gang. This movie is a pretty good time, I am not sure if you could call it good honestly, but I enjoyed it. There is a distinct lack of characters in this movie, everybody is a cardboard cut out from asshole lead Tom, to rock star Ellen (Diane Lane), to a drifter lady named McCoy (Amy Madigan) that Tom befriends. Nope it is pretty clear this is not about the characters pretty quickly, this is a movie all about setting, action, and style. The world this movie takes place in is a fusion of the 1950's, the music is rock and roll (This is a Rock N' Roll fable after all) cars are right out of the 50's, and the All-American Diner.

Even though I enjoyed this movie it has some serious issues. The story is really silly, but not in a good way. The world it is set in invents rules based on story needs, our hero murders the shit out of a lot of unarmed bikers at one point and gets away with it. Also Tom is an unlikable asshole, arrogant, smug, and just an all around turd. There are these stylish scene transitions that look like tire treads that get old really fast and they happen a lot and also there is one scene where we are transported into a music video with no warning and it is really abrupt, there are some weird editing decisions in this one.

It sounds all negative, I know, but I honestly had a good time with this one. It moves along at a nice pace and never outstays its welcome.

It's been a long ass time since I saw that movie, but that's a great review of it from what I remember. And holy shit you see it now and go "that's Diane Lane! Holy shit that's Diane Lane!"

Also, the soundtrack is great. I have "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young" and "Nowhere Fast" on a couple of workout playlists, and somewhere I have "Sorcerer" in there too because I liked that one. Also, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis and Bill Paxton are all in this, and all three of them are sort of right in that "just starting to get more roles" period in their careers.

Could've sworn I remember Bryan Setzer from the Stray Cats being in this, but maybe I'm just remembering that that was the vibe this movie gave off.
 

Sean C

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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997): I like to imagine the screenwriter for this movie, on creating the title pun on the movie being set in Grosse Pointe and featuring an assassin who shoots people point blank, thinking that it still wasn't enough of a play on words, so he made the main character's surname Blank.

As with most action comedies not directed by Edgar Wright, the action here is pretty bland; this might be a classic if it had a bit more style, but as is it's a fun film, with engaging lead performances from John Cusack and Minnie Driver (whose presence in a lead role is a sure reminder that a movie was made in the back half of the 1990s).
 
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Demonic (2015) - first let me say I love the movies where they have an apparition or a figure just sort of half visible in a dark doorway or window. It always creeps me out. Always. I can remember having nightmares as a kid of looking out a dark window and seeing a ghostly figure just sort of there at the corner of my vision and waking up in a sweat. So yeah, these kinds of things give me the willies. I was a little worried about the comments I saw on letterboxd basically panning this thing to hell and back (no pun intended or maybe it is), and questioning whether Maria Bello and Frank Grillo had lost some sort of bet to be forced into this movie.

But hey, for 1 hour 23 minutes, my wife and I figured we could plow through.

Maybe it was because of those expectations being set so low that I came away enjoying this. And even getting creeped out a couple times in that it fiddled with my willies. I didn't think the young actors sucked. I thought they handled being creeped out pretty well. I thought Bello and Grillo (Jesus, they should have a cop show just the two of them, with their real names -- Bello and Grillo, PD... but I digress) did a decent job as the psychologist and the cop (who are married).

Shrug.

Pretty good. Pretty short. Didn't overstay its welcome. Told the story within the haunted house using found footage in between the investigation playing out. Nice.

3.5 / 5

V > IV > Holiday Special > those Ewok adventures > SpaceBalls > VI > I > VII > II > III > whatever Rogue One is

Looks about right.

Are we seriously doing this?

Fine. V > IV > SpaceBalls > Ewok bullshit > Rogue One > Holiday Special > VI > VII > III > II > I

VII is IV so ... ?
 

kevin1025

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V > IV > III > VII > VI > Rogue One > II > I

I loved a whole lot of what Revenge of the Sith had in terms of individual moments, even if the movie as a whole is super uneven, so it is floating just above The Force Awakens for me.
 
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V > IV > III > VII > VI > Rogue One > II > I

I loved a whole lot of what Revenge of the Sith had in terms of individual moments, even if the movie as a whole is super uneven, so it is floating just above The Force Awakens for me.

Pretty sure I never saw the Holiday Special or the Ewok stuff, so ...

V > IV > VI > VII > Rogue One > Spaceballs > II >>>>>> III >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I

The prequels are so fucking bad. The Anakin/Padme love story is so flat and so poorly done. It is simply impossible for Padme to have loved Anakin. She would have had to love eating cardboard. There was simply no life to him. That and we all knew the back story. The damn prequels should have shown us Palpatine as a young man being seduced by the dark side, and how he manipulated events to turn everything his way, and it should have ended with the Jedi killing Maul and assuming they had cleansed the scourge of the Sith, only to have Palpatine come across Anakin.

Anyway, fuck the prequels. They suck.
 

JTripper

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Finished my PTA filmography viewing last week and was so wrong about The Master. It's an amazing film and character study about men trying to find their place in a society they no longer seem to fit into after WWII. The last 20 or so minutes is powerful stuff. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are just the best.

And as for Inherent Vice.....heh....what a fucking trip. Justifies it's lengthy running time by just pulling you deeper and deeper into the nonsensical and often hilarious plot, making you feel just as confused and doped up as Doc. Once you get through the hazy hippie aesthetic and over-the-top characters, the film actually has a lot of heart too. I felt for Doc and his quest, hoping he'd eventually reach some closure for his longing of Shasta and the past and actually come to terms with reality instead of constantly trying to parse what's a hallucination and what's not.

So overall, my PTA rankings go: Punch-Drunk Love > There Will Be Blood > Inherent Vice > Boogie Nights > The Master > Magnolia > Hard Eight.

I feel so bad ranking Magnolia so low, cause I think it's great, but man I just loved pretty much everything else a little more.
 

demosthenes

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Logan Lucky

Loved it. The trailer did this movie no favours though in that it sells the movie as a comedy that makes a caricature of the working class South and serves to mock them. whereas the actual film is pretty respectful of the lead characters (who are so likeable) and the employment problems befalling the mining industry in particular.

It skews more towards King of the Hill (the cartoon) than it does Beverly Hillbillies really.

honestly, I'd put this over Soderbergh's previous best heist flick (Oceans Eleven) as well. I loved the main cast in here. The Logan family is so lovable. Channing Tatum, Driver and Keough (god damn she looked good in this btw) all make the most of their screentime and have great chemistry. And Daniel Craig's character feels like he stepped out of Fantastic Mr. Fox or a Coen Brothers Comedy. He kills it in here (as do the moronic brothers of his), and makes you wonder what the hell is he doing wasting away as Bond and sleepwalking through movies lately when he has this in him.

Where it fell flat for me was the small subplot with Hilary Swank. it stops the momentum of the movie dead and damn is she just a misfire in this. its like she's doing a bad Clint Eastwood impression or something.

but aside from that, this may be my favourite theatrical Soderbergh project all the way back since Traffic. he's made some interesting films since, but I just found this to be the strongest output he's had in a while aside from The Knick.

My favorite Adam Driver performance too, even over his turn in Paterson. He's such a lovable simple lumbering dude in here. Got great comedic delivery in here.

I spoke the words but they came out of your fingers.

Loved it.
 

lordxar

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Blazing Saddles rules...haters... Spaceballs is pretty awesome though!

Empire > Star Wars > Rogue One > Jedi .... whatever on I, II, III, and VII cuz I pretty much didn't care for any of those.
 

kevin1025

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Pretty sure I never saw the Holiday Special or the Ewok stuff, so ...

V > IV > VI > VII > Rogue One > Spaceballs > II >>>>>> III >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I

The prequels are so fucking bad. The Anakin/Padme love story is so flat and so poorly done. It is simply impossible for Padme to have loved Anakin. She would have had to love eating cardboard. There was simply no life to him. That and we all knew the back story. The damn prequels should have shown us Palpatine as a young man being seduced by the dark side, and how he manipulated events to turn everything his way, and it should have ended with the Jedi killing Maul and assuming they had cleansed the scourge of the Sith, only to have Palpatine come across Anakin.

Anyway, fuck the prequels. They suck.

If only, I would have been way into that. If it had been locked into Palpatine, Anakin and Obi-Wan as the main characters and not all of the other nonsense and a whole other story, and maybe toss in Liam Neeson still for fun, that really could have been something. I admire what Lucas wanted to do, but sadly his execution on anything that isn't an action scene is really rough.
 

Icolin

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Expanding on my Wolf of Wall Street pseudo review: what really makes it one of the best films of this decade is that there's more underneath the surface; it's not simply a comedy or a film just for laughs. It's also about how excess (sex, drugs, etc, etc) will eventually catch up with you ("the chickens will come home to roost", as Rob Reiner's character points out). Sure, that's a message that's present in a ton of films, for better or for worse (sometimes it can come off as preachy), but I don't think I've seen many films that have shown an excess fuelled downfall as well as The Wolf of Wall Street. I mean, just take that ludes scene as an example. It's one of the funniest sequences of any film in recent history, but shit gets dark when Jordan's daughter is watching his dad act like that. That scene alone, along with the ending, and a few other scenes in the last hour of the film when Belfort's marriage with Naomi falls apart, disproves of the notion that Scorsese's glorifying Belfort whatsoever.

The ending was also really impactful for me; it said to me, at least, that despite all the terrible things Belfort did, there are some who are still supporting, enabling, and looking up to him (and many others like him for that matter).

The film is simultaneously fucking hilarious and terrifying, and I absolutely love it. It balances comedic elements with just enough serious elements to prevent it from being vapid or meaningless (yet some critics thought, and still probably think, that's it's the latter and that Scorsese is glorifying Belfort for some reason). Martin Scorsese's a goddamn visionary, and I hope he, along with his older peers (Malick, Spielberg, Cameron, Mann, etc) continue to make great films in this latter stage of their careers.
 
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I am very slowly suffering my way through Alien: Covenant. I just... I can't. I don't know why I bothered with this movie, because this movie isn't just stupid, it's aggressively stupid, and worse, even bothers to do over the Aliens finale without any need for it (or even logical plot reason). And no, plasma storms do not actually exist, that's a Star Trek thing. Same with ion storms. Stop pulling a Jurassic World when the reason you need to stop two groups from communicating is that you've simply started with too many damn characters.

The only good thing in it is the five minute opening, which is basically Guy Pierce playing Scott while admitting his hatred of his creation and the two-hour crime against it he's about to commit.
Well, to quote the good doctor: "It's dead, Jim"
 

Auctopus

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I watched The Siege (1998) starring Denzel Washington last night, it's on Netflix.

I considered making a thread about it but for a film made pre-9/11 - it's scary how reminiscent this film is of our current political climate in both US and Europe.

- Frequent DIY terrorist attacks caused by cells that infiltrated major cities.
- FBI and US Government out of sync, trying to achieve different goals.
- Rounding up/banning Muslims in major cities due to directives from the President.
- Cold War shenanigans.

I mean, you gotta use your imagination a little but it was pretty noticeable.
 

Icolin

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Was a Joker origin what you had in mind?

Well, thankfully he's just the producer on that. And while the idea of a Joker origin movie is a fundamentally stupid idea (like a Han Solo film without Harrison Ford)... Scorsese being involved and the movie reportedly being set in the 70s and being similar to Scorsese's movies during that time sounds intriguing*.

* unlike a Han Solo film without Harrison Ford
 

HollowCentral

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Well, he's just the producer on that. And while the idea of a Joker origin movie is a fundamentally stupid idea (like a Han Solo film without Harrison Ford)... Scorsese being involved and the movie reportedly being set in the 70s and being similar to Scorsese's movies during that time sounds intriguing*.

* unlike a Han Solo film without Harrison Ford
If it's Leto's Joker, I'm not expecting much. The idea itself is interesting, but I would prefer a better actor.

I've got other problems with the Han Solo movie beyond no Harrison, but after having started Community, I will say that Donald Glover is perfect casting.

Still not gonna see it in theaters though.
 

Baroquemantic

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Death Note (Netflix)

I legit enjoyed it. Was weird as hell, and kinda funny, too. Dafoe was great. Wish he was in it more, though. Mia was interesting, Light was aight, and L was goofy as fuck. Just a straight up anime character.

7/10
 

Sean C

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Boogie Nights (1997): The story of a man trying and failing to prove that he has more to offer the world than his very large penis.

It's been a while since I watched this, so I'd forgotten a lot of the details (such as the outcome of
the scene where Don Cheadle is the lone survivor of the doughnut shop robbery
). The tonal contrast between this and a lot of Anderson's later work is notable (he'd seldom be this loose and freewheeling in the 2000s). Provisionally, it's probably my second-favourite of his films. Also, this should really have been Julianne Moore's first Oscar win.
 
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The Founder is a perfect before-you-go-to-sleep movie. There's nothing special about this movie, but there's nothing all that bad about it either. It's a 6 or 7 that really makes you appreciate 6 or 7s. There's just something endearing about a movie that doesn't try to be more than it is. It knew from the jump that it was a standard biopic and I salute it for that.
 

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The Founder is a perfect before-you-go-to-sleep movie. There's nothing special about this movie, but there's nothing all that bad about it either. It's a 6 or 7 that really makes you appreciate 6 or 7s. There's just something endearing about a movie that doesn't try to be more than it is. It knew from the jump that it was a standard biopic and I salute it for that.

I felt the same about Patriot Games a few months back. Just a thoroughly decent Harrison Ford thriller to lull you to bed.
 

shaneo632

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Saw American Made earlier. Not sure why they're holding it for another month in the US. Really solid film all-around. Not gonna win any awards but Cruise and Liman are a fine team.
 

kevin1025

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I watched The Siege (1998) starring Denzel Washington last night, it's on Netflix.

I considered making a thread about it but for a film made pre-9/11 - it's scary how reminiscent this film is of our current political climate in both US and Europe.

- Frequent DIY terrorist attacks caused by cells that infiltrated major cities.
- FBI and US Government out of sync, trying to achieve different goals.
- Rounding up/banning Muslims in major cities due to directives from the President.
- Cold War shenanigans.

I mean, you gotta use your imagination a little but it was pretty noticeable.

I really need to watch this one!

Death Note (Netflix)

I legit enjoyed it. Was weird as hell, and kinda funny, too. Dafoe was great. Wish he was in it more, though. Mia was interesting, Light was aight, and L was goofy as fuck. Just a straight up anime character.

7/10

Going to be a good weekend watch.

Saw American Made earlier. Not sure why they're holding it for another month in the US. Really solid film all-around. Not gonna win any awards but Cruise and Liman are a fine team.

Why must it be another month from now?! Really looking forward to it, Cruise doing more movies like this would be awesome.
 

UrbanRats

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Death Note kind of missed the few things that made the anime enjoyable, mainly Light being a full on psychopath.
Trying to humanize him was a mistake.
A couple of things it actually improved: Ryuk looked fantastic; L was less irritating; Mia was much better than whatever creepy thing they were doing in the anime with her.

The source material was pretty fucking stupid to begin with, and this made it ever so slightly stupider.
Unfortunately, the anime managed to be fun for some shenanigans that couldn't have been reproduced in 90 minutes, so it's sort of pointless and confusing, if you don't know the source material.
 

Nuke Soda

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It's been a long ass time since I saw that movie, but that's a great review of it from what I remember. And holy shit you see it now and go "that's Diane Lane! Holy shit that's Diane Lane!"

Also, the soundtrack is great. I have "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young" and "Nowhere Fast" on a couple of workout playlists, and somewhere I have "Sorcerer" in there too because I liked that one. Also, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis and Bill Paxton are all in this, and all three of them are sort of right in that "just starting to get more roles" period in their careers.

Could've sworn I remember Bryan Setzer from the Stray Cats being in this, but maybe I'm just remembering that that was the vibe this movie gave off.

Thanks, I've been watching a lot of critique videos on different games and movies and wanted to try my hand at it. Got a little worried my post was rambling and pretentious lol.
 

Sean C

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The Beguiled (2017): Ah, Sofia Coppola, one of my go-to examples of a director I wished I liked more than I did. We have too few female auteurs working for one of them to be one whose filmography I find staid. The Beguiled is livelier than some of her other work (e.g., The Bling Ring, which stranded a brilliantly comic Emma Watson turn amidst an otherwise lifeless proceeding), but it still feels torn between two different possible takes on the material, and as a result falls between the two possibilities unsatisfactorily.

The premise sees a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) brought into a mostly deserted Virginia girls' school, where only a single headmistress (Nicole Kidman), a teacher (Kirsten Dunst), and five girls (Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and two others) reside. Corporal McBurney's presence gives rise to tension and rivalry within the household.

One could imagine this being the basis for a lurid bodice-ripper, which would require a more melodramatic/camp approach than Coppola has ever been interested in. The Beguiled has the restrained style of a prestige picture, but it lacks the content of one. Coppola never really goes much below the surface, and in the final frame, I struggled to imagine what the end result of the preceding 90 minutes had been. Kirsten Dunst's Edwina is the only resident who could be said to get any real character exploration, and the ending just abandons her and leaves a host of major questions unanswered.
She's established as being desperately lonely, and seems to sincerely love McBurney even after he's become violent, threatening, and strayed from her with one of her students. She's the only one of the residents not in on the poisoning plot, and is distraught when McBurney dies. And...nothing more. How does she feel about all this? About her boss and students? What will she do now?

For all of the above, the film is pleasant enough to watch all the way through, well-acted (as one would expect from the cast) and beautiful to look at. But I'm not sure there's much reason to revisit it.
 

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Mindhorn


Just look at this picture and tell me Its not amazing!

 
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The Lobster (2015) - bizarre. Absurd. Ridiculous. Occasionally amusing. I wonder how the actors/actresses were able to keep a straight face the whole time. The outtakes on this are probably funnier than the film. Just really ... out there.

Wasn't really for me.

2 / 5
 

BotoxAgent

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Boogie Nights (1997): The story of a man trying and failing to prove that he has more to offer the world than his very large penis.

It's been a while since I watched this, so I'd forgotten a lot of the details (such as the outcome of
the scene where Don Cheadle is the lone survivor of the doughnut shop robbery
). The tonal contrast between this and a lot of Anderson's later work is notable (he'd seldom be this loose and freewheeling in the 2000s). Provisionally, it's probably my second-favourite of his films. Also, this should really have been Julianne Moore's first Oscar win.

Man that studio recording scene is so fuckin memorable and hilarious. One of my favorite comedy scenes in cinema. cocaine is a helluva drug lol
 

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Death Note: As faithless to the source material as some may have feared, but all the better for it. Taking pretty much just the premise and some of the character names, the film moves away from the tense back-and-forth between Light and L as they try to gain the upper hand towards a simpler but definitely entertaining mix of Final Destination and high school drama. Indeed, the gory setpieces and the escalating circumstances that culminate in one of the greatest scenes to ever utilize a song from Chicago keep the film lively, while the script keep the pacing quick as it condenses some aspects of the original down and jettisons others to keep the story relatively self-contained. Director Adam Wingard is up to the task of keeping things rather stylish in the ways you know him for: inexplicable but snazzy use of neon lighting, great off-kilter camera angles and moves and a killer soundtrack that ranges from the expected synthwave tracks that makes me wish he had a Bandcamp page to genuine articles of truly inspired catalog selections. It surprised me a bit that he didn't have a hand in editing his own film this time, but his editor does a good job of keeping it about as tight as Wingard would like to have it, along with some fun transitions. The brisk pace does come at the cost of moving along from story and character elements too quickly, as plot holes are abound and pivotal character moments don't really have the proper tract to be able to land as well as they could have. Of course, when there's such an intentionally goofy tone to the whole thing, it may not be prudent to knock a film too much for bungling some of the drama when people are being decapitated with ladders, Lakeith Stanfield in a delightfully wacky portrayal of L as he furiously eats gummy bears, an amazingly delivered exposition dump about a character's origins that is shockingly faithful to the original, to go along with the whole "there's an eight-foot tall spiky demon dude running around and he sounds like Willem Dafoe having way too much fun" thing that probably would have been an early tipoff that we're dealing with schlock more than high drama. But this is some quality schlock, and while it could have stood to be even better with a tighter story (one gets the sense that Wingard's frequent writing partner Simon Barrett would have been a valuable asset to have here), it makes for a great night in with a bag of popcorn and a good sense of humor.
 

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Real quick thoughts, since it's mega late:

Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery

It's fine. Some of it is more entertaining than downright hilarious, but he still knows how to tell a great joke, and the ones that don't land can still become funny once context is added.

My Dinner With Andre

I haven't watched this one in a real long while. I'm super glad to have watched it again. Such a simple premise that could have gone badly if not for the two actors/writers. The conversation is fascinating, almost entirely of Andre Gregory until the conversation shifts, and then Wallace Shawn gets a say. It's fun to watch this after having watched the three The Trip films, since it's a fairly similar premise (though they're restaurant hopping across a country in those). Very recommended!

Lady Macbeth


The highlight of the night. This will be sitting pretty in my top 10 unless the year goes haywire in the final four months. I had seen others in the thread mentioning the movie, and had been really, really looking forward to it. But I had not been expecting what it became, not in the slightest. I don't want to even hint at anything, since I went in knowing nothing and came out the other side thinking about it still, hours later. Florence Pugh should be up for every major award if life were fair. But yeah! I loved it, and can't recommend it enough. Wow.
 

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Annabelle Creation The first one sucked ass. However, this one was pretty fun! Which I probably laughed way more than I should have. Say, when the monster couldn't catch the disabled girl...like watching a t-rex try and scratch his nose.

The monster effects were well done though. That thing was nasty looking in all the right ways. Of course there was a liberal amount of stupidity, hey lets go back in the haunted house and sleep again... Lots of jump scares but still a fun flick to take your jumpy gf to.